I'm totally butting in here, since I have no "when I knit in public" story to share, but...I'm surprised, honestly. You guys don't like having someone curious about your work? Or admiring it? I think I am the person you're all talking about, and I'm very very sorry
I had no idea. Generally, I'm just making conversation to cover the fact that I'm dying to learn, no-one will teach me (well, unless I pony up some dough for a class), and I'm trying to look over your shoulder and try to figure out how on earth you're working that magic
! Handcrafts of all sorts fascinate me, and I guess I just assume if you're doing it in public, it's okay to talk about/ask about it. Oops. On the other hand, I promise, swearing on a stack of the holy book of your choice, it wasn't ever me saying it's a waste of time, or that it could or should be purchased - gasp - cheaper. Shame shame shame, people!
I had to laugh hysterically over the intaglia story. Your mom sounds awesome! I'm not at all sure my mother's ever heard "the C word", and if she ever has, I'm sure she's repented by now
. My best friend's mom, however, would love the design.